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Course Details

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Work Based)

Course code: BN908 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving certificate
  • Mature Applicants
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters)
NFQ level: 7
Fee: €2500
Schedule: One Full Day per week - Year 1 will take place on Mondays.
Award title: Bachelor of Arts
Credits for Full Award: 180 @ NFQ Level 7
Awarding Body: ITB Note : This course is not being offered in the academic year starting Sept 2014.

Note :

This course is not being offered in the academic year starting Sept 2014.



The course is designed primarily to meet the needs of employees of the industry
that have substantial practical experience. The aim of the course is to educate
reflective practitioners who can continue to learn and develop throughout their career
and to produce ordinary degree graduates with the professional knowledge,
interpersonal skills and self awareness appropriate for careers in social care, who can work in a variety of social care settings, which include residential child care, disability sector, people who are homeless, people who are drug or alcohol
dependent, the aged, asylum seekers or refugees, youth community and family
support services.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a pass in five subjects (ordinary level) in the Leaving Certificate, to include Mathematics and English or Irish, or an equivalent qualification. Leaving Certificate Mathematics at Foundation Level at grade B2 or higher is acceptable for this programme. A grade E in Leaving Certificate Mathematics at Higher Level counts as a subject towards the five passes.

The minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC level 5 or 6 awards is any full award.

Mature applicants (i.e. those who are aged 23 years or more on January 1st in the year of entry) applying for the first level of programmes are exempt from this requirement.

Applicants must remain in employment for the duration of the course. Applicants
applying for this course must be in fulltime employment in a recognised social care setting.

Note :

Please note that the number of participants will be short listed for interview based on the written statement provided by their employer.


Course Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care will be offered to adults who are currently employed in the social care industry and require further qualifications.

The entry route into the programme is via employers. Applicants must be in fulltime employment throughout their course of study. A pre-requisite for entry is to be employed in a position relevant to this programme for at least 2 years and must remain in employment in a relevant post for the duration of the course.

Employment must be in an organisation offering services through or on behalf
of statutory bodies. Applications from applicants who work for social care
employment agencies will be deemed ineligible unless they will have a social care trained work based supervisor and a written guarantee that they will be based
in one placement for the duration of the three year course.


Statement from Employer

•     Please provide a statement of confirmation as to the present employment status of the applicant.
•     What is the specific nature of the applicants’ employment with your organisation? In your opinion, what is the suitability of the applicant for an accelerated third level course?
•     What are your expectations regarding learning outcomes and benefits to your
organisation following the successful completion of the Bachelor Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care by the applicant?
•     Please confirm your understanding of and commitment to block release
allocation for the present applicant.

Applicants who are deemed eligible based on their written statement and the
statement provided by their employer, will be invited to a interview during the
week commencing 18th June 2012. Late applicants will be interviewed the first
week in September 2012.


Garda Clearance

Each student must undergo the ITB Garda vetting process. To ensure the protection
of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, the Institute is committed
to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake specific parts
of the programme. Without satisfactory Garda clearance, students will be unable
to complete the programme or receive an award. All places on the Applied Social Studies in Social Care course are provisional and subject to the student obtaining satisfactory Garda vetting from the Central Garda Vetting Unit.
The current legal minimum age for application for sole application for Garda
vetting is 18 years of age.
In addition to Garda vetting a medical assessment and provision of personal
references may be required in regard to suitability for engaging with children and
vulnerable adults.


Course content

The course is offered over three years on a part-time basis and is divided into
seven academic streams. Each subject will focus on knowledge, skills promotion and practical implications while also facilitating student’s personal development.
The following is a brief description of each of the seven main academic streams:

Year 1
Semester 1
  • Fundamentals of Psychology
  • Group Dynamics & Structures
  • Applied Social Studies - Context
  • Communication Skills
Semester 2
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Sociology
  • Applied Social Studies - Provision
  • Introduction to Creative Studies
Year 2
Semester 1
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Administration & Social Policy
  • Applied Social Studies – Professional Practice 1
  • Creative Studies in Social Care Settings
Semester 2
  • Promoting Health & Well being
  • Social Practice in Irish Society
  • Applied Social Studies - Professional Practice 2
  • Legal Studies
Year 3
Semester 1
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Sociology and the Family
  • Applied Social Studies - Social Care Practice 2
  • Personal and Professional Development
Semester 2
  • Integrated Theory & Practice
  • Research Methods & Practice
  • Applied Social Studies - Professional Practice 2
  • Legal Studies - Application


How to Apply ?

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What our students say...

Laura Davis

"Coming back as a mature student to ITB gave me the opportunity to pursue my future career and dreams of working in the Applied Social Care area. There are a wide variety of modules, work placement being one of them. This is the best way of experiencing hands-on social care work. I'm really enjoying my time here. I've gained a lot returning to full time education and my life has changed in ways I didn't think possible."
Laura Davis,
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies

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